Len­non let­ter could have changed my life

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A MU­SI­CIAN who got a let­ter from John Len­non 34 YEARS af­ter it was sent has re­vealed his re­gret at not get­ting it ear­lier.

The for­mer Bea­tle wrote to Steve Til­ston (above) af­ter read­ing an in­ter­view with him in ZigZag mu­sic mag­a­zine, in which he said get­ting rich could com­pro­mise his artis­tic in­tegrity.

Len­non told him that “be­ing rich doesn’t change your ex­pe­ri­ence in the way you think” and that “emo­tions and re­la­tion­ships are the same as any­body’s. I know, I’ve been rich and poor, so has Yoko. Whadya think of that?”

The story is the ba­sis of the new film Danny Collins, star­ring Al Pa­cino as a for­mer pop lothario who wants to change his life af­ter be­lat­edly re­ceiv­ing the let­ter.

Til­ston, now 65 and a re­spected mu­si­cian and song­writer, said: “What’s painful is that it’s a road not taken.

“All of us in our lives are faced with choices of ways to go. What I re­sented, but don’t any more, is that with this, I didn’t get the choice.”

Til­ston re­ceived the let­ter in 2005 “out of the blue” from a US col­lec­tor.

Every­body ex­pected the Span­ish In­qui­si­tion – they were legally obliged to give 30

days’ no­tice

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